The Italian Irishman's Pie


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons sausage drippings
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon melted margarine
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).


  • Step 2

    Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.

  • Step 3

    Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir Italian sausage until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to prepared casserole dish. Drain drippings and reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in the skillet.

  • Step 4

    Melt 2 tablespoons margarine in a separate skillet over medium heat; cook and stir apple and onion slices until tender, about 8 minutes. Place apple and onion in casserole dish with sausage.

  • Step 5

    Lightly stir sausage, apple, and onion together; season with salt, black pepper, and oregano.

  • Step 6

    Brown flour in reserved drippings in skillet over medium heat. Whisk water into flour until thick gravy forms, about 3 minutes.

  • Step 7

    Pour gravy over sausage mixture in the casserole dish; spread mashed potatoes over the top with a spoon, creating peaks. Lightly brush mashed potatoes with 1 tablespoon melted margarine.

  • Step 8

    Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are lightly browned and the sausage mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

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